In California, employment is considered “at-will” unless the employer and employee have a separate agreement in place. Employment agreements may cover a number of areas, and typically contain valuable legal protections for both the employer and the employee. But, as with any legal contract, it is critical to work with an experienced California employment agreements lawyer. At Valiant Law, our qualified attorneys can assist with the drafting and review of all kinds of employment agreements, ensuring they comply with federal and state law–and more importantly, hold up in court should litigation arise.
The basic employment agreement covers the terms of the employer-employee relationship: job assignments, salary, paydays, length of employment, et cetera. Employment agreements should always be in writing to avoid any potential misunderstanding. Under California law, either the employer or employee may terminate an employment agreement for “willful breach,” so it is essential that each party’s duties and responsibilities are expressly defined.
Every employment agreement is unique. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Depending on the nature of your business and the employee involved, there are several additional provisions you may want to add to an employment agreement. At Valiant Law, we can help you review your options and answer the following questions:
Legal compliance is often overlooked by employers who think they are free to demand whatever terms they wish from employees. In reality, California’s labor laws are considered more favorable to workers than either federal law or the laws of most other states. This is why you should never rely on an oral employment agreement, or even attempt to draft such an agreement on your own. Just because you have a signed contract does not mean it will be enforced by a California court.
Valiant Law can provide you with valuable guidance in this area. Our legal team understands the complexity of California law and we will work with you to develop creative, practical solutions to your employment law issues. Call us today at (909) 677-2270 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.
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